Katharine Hepburn: Star As Feminist

Katharine Hepburn Star As Feminist Of all the major Hollywood stars Katharine Hepburn was the least conventional conforming to none of the stereotypes of female superstardom She was not an exotic outsider in Hollywood like Greta Garb

  • Title: Katharine Hepburn: Star As Feminist
  • Author: AndrewBritton
  • ISBN: 9780231132770
  • Page: 263
  • Format: Paperback
  • Of all the major Hollywood stars, Katharine Hepburn was the least conventional, conforming to none of the stereotypes of female superstardom She was not an exotic outsider in Hollywood like Greta Garbo or Marlene Dietrich nor was she a victim of the studios like Judy Garland or Marilyn Monroe and she was certainly not a creature of the system like Joan Crawford and LanaOf all the major Hollywood stars, Katharine Hepburn was the least conventional, conforming to none of the stereotypes of female superstardom She was not an exotic outsider in Hollywood like Greta Garbo or Marlene Dietrich nor was she a victim of the studios like Judy Garland or Marilyn Monroe and she was certainly not a creature of the system like Joan Crawford and Lana Turner Instead, she always appeared intelligent, willful and independent, able to develop her own persona within the confines of the studio system.Andrew Britton proposes a feminist reading of Hepburn s films, arguing that her persona raises problems about class, female sexuality, and women s oppression that strain to the limits the conventions of a cinema ultimately committed to the reassertion of bourgeois gender roles Hepburn s work is also used to explore general issues, such as the functioning of the star system This is one of the very few analyses of American cinema to focus on a film star rather than a director or a genre and as such is essential reading for anyone interested in the movies.First published in the United Kingdom twenty years ago, this lavishly illustrated new edition features a foreword by the noted film critic Robin Wood.

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  • AndrewBritton

    Andrew Britton lectured in film studies at the Universities of Warwick, Essex, and Reading He also taught at Queens and Trent Universities in Ontario, Canada, and was a guest lecturer at other universities in Britain, Canada, and the United States He died in 1994 Robin Wood is a founding editor of CineAction and author of Hitchcock s Films Revisited, Hollywood from Vietnam to Reagan and Beyond, and Sexual Politics and Narrative Film He is professor emeritus at York University and the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society for Cinema Studies.

  • 548 Comments

  • I feel as if this book is slightly deceptive. While it will be of great use for my research paper on Hepburn, I was a little disappointed in the structure of it. Britton focuses more on close readings of Hepburn's movies, rather than herself, and on other actors and actresses. Probably around half of the book centers around movies Hepburn was not in and close readings of the actors and actresses in those. Sometimes he makes comparisons to Hepburn, but others seem random and unnecessary. I guess [...]


  • Love Katharine Hepburn, but this is a very academic read which focuses on a lot of stars from the period including Garbo and not even that much on KH herself.


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